County Championship: Ollie Pope scores 145 as Surrey dominate Hampshire
|Specsavers County Championship Division One, Kia Oval (day three):|
|Surrey 211 & 407-9d: Pope 145, Foakes 81; Abbott 3-72|
|Hampshire 147 & 116-4: Vince 33; Virdi 2-26|
|Hampshire (Three pts) want 356 runs to beat Surrey (Four pts)|
Ollie Pope struck an exquisite 145 as Surrey pushed on to set Hampshire 472 runs to win on day three on the Oval.
Pope hit 18 fours and one six in his 191-ball innings as Surrey progressed from 217-Four to declare on 407-9.
The 20-year-old shared a 131-run stand with Ben Foakes (81) because the hosts piled on the runs earlier than declaring when Pope was caught 5 runs shy of 150.
Off-spinner Amar Virdi (2-26) took two wickets in an over as Hampshire closed on 116-4, nonetheless 355 runs behind.
Pope, taking part in in simply his seventh first-class sport, scored fluently throughout the wicket to maneuver on from his in a single day rating of 30, ultimately driving Chris Wooden by the covers to carry up his second profession century in fashion.
The correct-hander scored an unbeaten 100 towards Hampshire in September, which means that each of his first-class three-figure innings have come towards the identical opposition.
Needing to bat over 4 classes to outlive, Hampshire started their second innings properly by Jimmy Adams (21) and Lewis McManus (4), however each openers fell in successive overs straight after tea as Surrey regained management.
Virdi then discovered sharp flip and uneven bounce to dismiss Hashim Amla (21) and James Vince (33) lbw in the identical over and depart Sam Northeast (14*) and Rilee Rossouw (19*) to succeed in a bad-light induced stumps.
Surrey will return on day 4 needing six wickets to wrap up a victory of their first Division One match of the season.
Surrey centurion Ollie Pope advised BBC Radio London:
“We could not be happier. We have had an amazing day as a group – we have ticked each field we got down to do.
“It was particular to do it in entrance of a good crowd. They have just a few worldwide bowlers so I needed to work exhausting.
“Getting 4 wickets was huge. The bowlers did what they got down to do – we did not so looking out, we hit our areas and stayed affected person.”
Hampshire head coach Craig White advised BBC Radio Solent:
“It was a troublesome day – we deliberate to get early wickets and possibly prohibit them, possibly chase one thing within the late 300s.
“However we did not fairly get it proper. We’re properly up towards it now.
“Take nothing away from their guys. Ollie Pope batted fantastically. He appears an excellent participant. All credit score to him for the way in which he performed.”